At the bell: Indiana 61, Minnesota 57 — inside the hall

Quick thoughts on the 61-57 win at Minnesota:

how did that happen

Conditions on Wednesday in Minneapolis were abnormal. Mike Woodson did not make the trip due to a recent diagnosis of COVID-19. Minnesota’s leading scorer, Dawson Garcia, was out with an ankle injury. Empty seats were plentiful at the Williams Arena game. Indiana State, a double-digit favorite, came out lacking focus. The Hoosiers turned the ball over five times in the first eight minutes. Minnesota quickly got the reward as IU struggled to defend the straight-line drives. With a six-minute lead, Minnesota led 24-18. Indiana appeared to settle down offensively in the final six minutes as the Hoosiers scored 15 points to gain a 33-30 halftime advantage. Trace Jackson-Davis scored nine points and 11 rebounds in the first half, but was only 4-for-9 from the field. Malik Reno led IU with 10 points in the first half.

It wasn’t a particularly strong start in the second half, but Indiana made enough plays to extend the lead to seven at 45-38 on a Jackson-Davis bucket off the baseline off the tying play. The Hoosiers led 47-40 in media timeouts under 12. But Minnesota has an answer. The Gophers scored the next seven to tie it at 47, forcing Yasir Rosemond to take a timeout. Minnesota then took the lead at 50-49 on a Jamison Battle 3-pointer with 8:55 to play. But Indiana quickly regained the lead on the Trey Galloway 3-pointer with 8:28 to play. Minnesota took the lead again at 55-54 on a Battle 3-pointer with 6:22 to play. A Jackson Davis dunk with 2:22 cut Minnesota’s lead to 57-56.

With 43.7 seconds to play, Race Thompson split a pair of free throws to make it 57, but a Jackson-Davis offensive rebound on a lost free throw and subsequent replays gave IU a 59-57 lead. Ta’Lon Cooper missed a three-pointer on Minnesota’s next possession and Miller Cobb caught a loose ball and called a timeout with just over 20 seconds left. Minnesota then let the clock drop to 8.2 seconds before causing Trey Galloway to screw up. Galloway made both of them to make it 61-57 and secure their fourth consecutive win.

Outstanding performance

Jackson-Davis again dominated, finishing with 25 points, 21 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. He became the program’s all-time leader in blocked shots after tying Jeff Newton in the Michigan State game.

The statistic that stands out

Indiana finished the game 7-0 and did not allow a Minnesota point over the final 3:20 of the contest.

Final IU individual statistics

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